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Global Drums provide beat for Volunteer Appreciation Night

Angie O’Connor

Volunteers often march to the beat of their own drum, giving up their time to serve causes about which they are passionate.
On Thursday, April 19 members of Global Drums will provide the beat for a celebration of Fort Macleod’s many volunteers.
The annual free Volunteer Appreciation Night gets under way at 7 p.m. at the Empress Theatre.
“We want people to feel recognized,” Fort Macleod Family and Community Support Services director Angie O’Connor said. “The community could not do what it does without the volume of people who volunteer.”
Fort Macleod Mayor Brent Feyter has been invited to bring greetings to volunteers on behalf of the Town of Fort Macleod.
Free popcorn will be available to everyone who turns out at the Empress Theatre.
“We just want people to know we appreciate them” O’Connor said.
Members of Global Drums from the University of Lethbridge will perform a concert for Volunteer Appreciation Night.
They will perform a variety of types of drumming, including steel band, Taiko, chinese and African.
Taylor Atwood, a graduate of F.P. Walshe school in Fort Macleod who is studying music at the University Lethbridge, will perform.
O’Connor said you don’t have to look very hard in Fort Macleod to find examples of people serving in volunteer roles.
People volunteer with service clubs such as the Lions, Rotary, Elks and Royal Purple, and organizations such as the Fort Macleod and District Chamber of Commerce.
They stage important community events such as South Country Fair, the Fort Macleod Triathlon, annual show ‘n’ shine car show, Willow Creek Wilderness Walk/Run, STARS volleyball tournament and charity alumni hockey tournament.
People volunteer within their churches, minor sports programs and even adult sports activities such as the co-ed volleyball and slowpitch leagues.
O’Connor said these are but a few of the organizations and events in Fort Macleod that depend so heavily on volunteers.
“We have numerous examples,” O’Connor said. “There are so many opportunities for people to give of their time and talent.”